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Massillon Cemetery, Massillon, Cedar County, Iowa

Ron Penfold from Minot, ND went to Massillon in Cedar County, Iowa in the spring of 2002
These pictures are from his trip there.
Thanks Ron for sharing these pictures with us.

If you are looking for this cemetery. It is the Massillon cemetery, Massillon, Cedar County, Iowa. It is located off of 122nd Street on the northern edge of the village of Massillon.

Thomas and Elizabeth are found in row 6. List of graves in Massillon cemetery

Massillon cemetery satellite viewMap of Massillon Cemetery(Satellite View)
Entering MassillonEntering Massillon
Another picture entering MassillonAnother picture entering Massillon
Thomas Penfold grave stoneThomas Penfold grave stone
Full View of Thomas side

Full view of the Thomas side of the the tomb stone.
It is the south side. Thomas, Died 27 May 1888, age 70 years, 5 months, and 6 days. That puts his birthday on 22 Dec 1817


Full View of Elizabeth side

Full view of the Elizabeth side of the tomb stone. It is the west side. Elizabeth, wife of Thomas, died 16 Aug 1877, age 53 years 1 day. That puts her birthday on 15 Aug 1824.


Close up of verse on Elizabeth Penfold sideClose up of verse on Elizabeth Penfold side
Another picture of the verseAnother picture of the verse

Sweet prompting unto kindest deeds
We read her face, as one who reads
A true and holy book

This verse is from the poem, GONE, by John Greenleaf Whittier

Gone


Another hand is beckoning us,
Another call is given;
And glows once more with Angel-steps
The path which reaches Heaven.

Our young and gentle friend, whose smile
Made brighter summer hours,
Amid the frosts of autumn time
Has left us with the flowers.

No paling of the cheek of bloom
Forewarned us of decay;
No shadow from the Silent Land
Fell round our sister's way.

The light of her young life went down,
As sinks behind the hill
The glory of a setting star,
Clear, suddenly, and still.

As pure and sweet, her fair brow seemed
Eternal as the sky;
And like the brook's low song, her voice,--
A sound which could not die.

And half we deemed she needed not
The changing of her sphere,
To give to Heaven a Shining One,
Who walked an Angel here.

The blessing of her quiet life
Fell on us like the dew;
And good thoughts where her footsteps pressed
Like fairy blossoms grew.

Sweet promptings unto kindest deeds
Were in her very look;
We read her face, as one who reads
A true and holy book,

The measure of a blessed hymn,
To which our hearts could move;
The breathing of an inward psalm,
A canticle of love.

We miss her in the place of prayer,
And by the hearth-fire's light;
We pause beside her door to hear
Once more her sweet 'Good-night!'

There seems a shadow on the day,
Her smile no longer cheers;
A dimness on the stars of night,
Like eyes that look through tears.

Alone unto our Father's will
One thought hath reconciled;
That He whose love exceedeth ours
Hath taken home His child.

Fold her, O Father! in Thine arms,
And let her henceforth be
A messenger of love between
Our human hearts and Thee.

Still let her mild rebuking stand
Between us and the wrong,
And her dear memory serve to make
Our faith in Goodness strong.

And grant that she who, trembling, here
Distrusted all her powers,
May welcome to her holier home
The well-beloved of ours.

John Greenleaf Whittier :

Cemetery ChurchCemetery Church
Bell mounted on stand near the old church on the Massillon cemetery groundsBell mounted on stand near the old church on the Massillon cemetery grounds.
North side of Massillon viewing to the SouthNorth side of Massillon viewing to the South
Wapsipinicon River looking East.  The Penfold farmstead was to the left of the last bend in the river, just into the next countyWapsipinicon River looking East. The Penfold farmstead was to the left of the last bend in the river, just into the next county.
Wapsipinicon River.  The river is on the North side of Massillon.  Taken from a bridge over the river looking West.Wapsipinicon River. The river is on the North side of Massillon. Taken from a bridge over the river looking West.
Ron Penfold on the Thomas Penfold side of the tombstoneRon Penfold on the Thomas Penfold side of the tombstone.
Ron Penfold on the Elizabeth Penfold side of the tombstoneRon Penfold on the Elizabeth Penfold side of the tombstone.

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